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Large crowds turn out for Castleford homecoming but none for Leeds Rhinos

Around 2,500 supporters have turned out to greet the defeated Grand Final finalists Castleford Tigers at their homecoming this afternoon.

The team walk out to applause from the crowd Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Tigers announced the event at the Jungle stadium earlier this week. The team will take a lap of the pitch in front of the crowd.

Supporters welcome the team home after defeat at the Grand Final Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Meanwhile the winners Leeds Rhinos announced they were unable to host the traditional homecoming event at Headingley Carnegie due to construction at the stadium.

"Leeds Rhinos have made more history with their record extending eighth Grand Final win at Old Trafford on Saturday evening. We are all immensely proud of Brian and the team and especially our skipper Danny McGuire and Rob Burrow, who leave the club this season.

Unfortunately because of the biggest construction project since the ground was opened in 1890, we are unable to host the tradition homecoming event at Headingley Carnegie due to a lack of capacity in the Carnegie Stand, the only accessible stand we currently have, a lack of parking availability and safety priorities around what is now effectively a building site."

– Leeds Rhinos

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